This week, the RFT Music Showcase hits the Grove with more than eighty local bands -- that's a new record! If you haven't yet, grab your tickets via the showcase homepage, and pick up a paper this week to read up about all the performers. Besides that, there are plenty of great shows worth checking ... More >>
This weekend sees new releases from the Maness Brothers as well as Paces Lift and Ben Bounce. Besides these record release parties, see the Blind Eyes one last time during Off Broadway's SXSCity weekend, get some shopping in at Plush's rummage sale of rock and check out a variety of other shows happ ... More >>
This weekend, Acoustics Anonymous and Hazard to Ya Booty put out new releases, Phat Buddha hosts a holiday party, and a couple of hometown stars -- Clownvis Presley and Kristeen Young -- play St. Louis shows. Read more about these picks and many more by checking out our recommendations. And don't fo ... More >>
This weekend is still pretty Halloween-y, so don't put that costume away just yet. This weekend, check out some spooky sounds from the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra, or see some touring acts. Flux Pavilion, Okkervil River and Living Colour are all in town. Keep on reading to get the detai ... More >>
Playing indie-label politics is a loser's game, but there was something refreshing when Merge Records, a label that has put out acts from all over the globe, began releasing albums from fellow Raleigh-Durham native Stuart McLamb and his band the Love Language.
Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brough ... More >>
The five doe-eyed boys of Foxing lock interweaving rhythms and personal lyrics to impart heartfelt tunes throughout the Midwest. Foxing's recent self-booked tour brought the band up and down the Central Time Zone, garnering much fanfare for its careful but fearless take on melodic post-rock.
On a day when they narrowly escaped with a tight and oftentimes frustrating win over Bucknell by the score of 66-64, the Missouri Tigers got another big bump in their own personal standings, by dint of some brilliant Big Ten play and the flat-out byzantine machinations that is the college basketball ... More >>
Springfield, Illinois-based songwriter Ben Bedford finds his muse in the Midwest - the landscape, the people, the diction, the names of the rivers and towns. Across three albums, and especially on the just-released What We Lost, he transcends local color and the minutiae of his considerable, even bo ... More >>
Our good friends at the Daily Beast have decided to torment us with another set of rankings, this time a list of the 25 smartest cities in this fine nation of ours. Last time they did this, St. Louis came in 32nd. But this time, instead of using statistics, they're relying on science! Stats can be c ... More >>
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 27. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
Mabel SuenTrauma Harness dismisses the stage and performs on the floor at Illegal Tone in Belleville. The Wicked Witch of Belleville likes to throw musicians into a dirty black cauldron. She vigorously stirs the pot, concocting odd bands that creep and slither their way into nearby cities. T ... More >>
Call it The Return of Khan. Shahid Khan, the Illinois business magnate who attempted to purchase the St. Louis Rams last year before Stan Kroenke foiled his plans, is reportedly the new owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. But here is where Khan's ascent to the NFL's ownership table could still hav ... More >>
Roy KastenSTL still loves you SSLYBY Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin | Elsinore The Firebird November 4, 2011 The perfect pop song is out there, forever out there, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin may never find it, but on some nights getting to share in the search is more tha ... More >>
image viaLook at Greyhound, gettin' all snazzy.March is a depressing time of year. There's no snow (and related fear/excitement), little sun, not as much warmth as one would hope (we did just live through January and February after all) and damn it, wouldn't it be swell to get out of town? Bu ... More >>
An Illinois appellate court has upheld the ruling of a 2008 St. Clair County jury that awarded a man $5 million in a lawsuit versus the Belleville Diocese. The 2008 trial alleged that Rev. Raymond Kownacki sexually molested James Wisniewski of Champaign when Wisniewski served as an altar boy in t ... More >>
The fourth annual PLAY:stl Fest starts tomorrow night with a kickoff party at Cicero's featuring Chicago indie rockers (and last year's big draw), Owen. This year's showcase follows the same formula as previous festivals: 100 bands, 3 days and cheap as all get out -- $20 for a three-day wrist ... More >>
Khan: Classy in defeat.So, it's official. NFL owners today unanimously approved Stan Kroenke's bid to purchase the remaining 60 percent of the St. Louis Rams to become the team's sole owner. "We are delighted with today's vote by NFL owners. It is one of the very high points of our long associat ... More >>
image viaIntrepid Chicagoan Blair Kamin.To a Chicagoan, the state of Illinois south of Joliet is nothing but a lot of cornfields, except maybe for Champaign-Urbana, and St. Louis is just a teeny, tiny blip on the distant horizon. But when an intrepid Chicagoan dares to cross those nearly 300 ... More >>
Robin Wheeler This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Amy Zupanci of Fond and Township Grocer. Part one is available here, and part three, a recipe, follows on Monday. Did your family cook when you were a child? If so, what meals stand out? Yes. The everyday dinner. Family ... More >>
This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Amy Zupanci of Fond and Township Grocer in Edwardsville, Illinois. Part two, a Q&A with Zupanci, follows on Friday and part three, a recipe, on Monday.Robin WheelerAmy Zupanci, chef and owner of Fond and Township GrocerWhen Amy Zupa ... More >>
If you're one of the seven people who didn't watch the Lost finale last night -- or see any of the show, ever -- you can breathe a little easier this morning. Drive-time radio talkers won't be wheezing about it on-air any longer and publications ranging from your uncle's blog to the New York Times w ... More >>
The new face of the St. Louis Rams?The minority owner of the St. Louis Rams, Stan Kroenke, has reportedly asked the NFL if his wife could purchase the team outright. The move would circumnavigate league rules that prevent Kroenke (owner of 40 percent of the Rams) from being the full owner of a fo ... More >>
(Via Boing Boing) Here's an interesting story developing around Elsinore's forthcoming release, Yes Yes Yes, which is due August 10 on Parasol Records. The Champaign, Illinois, indie-pop band used a painting by a friend for its album cover -- and subsequently received a notice from the estate ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWhat a hap, hap, happy place!The Daily Beast taketh. A lot. Every week, it seems, the website comes up with another set of rankings designed to humiliate and anger St. Louisans. We live in the 21st craziest city with the 45th worst traffic jams in a state with the 44th uglies ... More >>
stltoday.comTom UhlenbrockOkay, the headline above is a bit misleading. But I just can't resist using the word "staycation" whenever possible -- even if it is so 2009. For those of you who missed it in this weekend's Post-Dispatch, travel writer Tom Uhlenbrock will no longer file dispatches from ... More >>
In this week's issue, Annie Zaleski heralds the arrival of In Concert: KSHE and 40 Years of Rock in St. Louis, a scrapbook of the area's latter-day music history. Reading "Raised on Radio" put a few of us locals in a nostalgic state of mind, inspiring an e-mail frenzy of the KSHE Klassics o ... More >>
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St Louis arts scene
Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis arts scene
Roy KastenOtis GibbsSaturday afternoon at SXSW 2009 started early this year, with the second of the 10th annual Twangfest and KDHX parties at Jovita's (disclosure: I'm a KDHX programmer and Twangfest volunteer), and Nashville-based songwriter Otis Gibbs, whose protest sing-a-longs, earthy folk and b ... More >>
Artist: Fig Dish Album: That's What Love Songs Often Do From: The Record Exchange, North Olmsted, Ohio Year: 1995 Label: Polygram Records What it sounds like: The post-Weezer feeding frenzy, when major labels signed any band with tendencies toward grungy power-pop and heartfelt melodies. Also ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, December 22. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
B-Sides highlights must-see acts in this weekend's Show-Me Blowout.
Oh, those wacky Final Four campuses!
The brouhaha surrounding this year's World Agricultural Forum said a lot about St. Louis. And a lot of what it said wasn't very good.
The hometowners of Grand Ulena insist they're not a local band
The Fantasy Four and the Julia Sets take their show on the road